Academic Advising


Through guidance and support from our expert academic advisors, we will help you navigate college classes, 4-year plans, enrollment, choosing the right major, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Access to these valuable tools will help you make the most of your college experience. Let's work together, laying the groundwork for your future at Central Washington University.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Des Moines Advising


  • How do I know who my advisor is?

    Your advisor is listed in myCWU. If an advisor is listed in your MyCWU click on "Details" for their contact information. Otherwise, advisors are listed on the advising website by major, undecided, and special programs. Continue through the pages until you find the appropriate advisor. Their contact information will be listed under their name.

    Students in programs such as CAMP, TRIO, DHC, SSS, Athletic, and/or international students, should seek out your programs’ advisor.

  • How do I declare a major or minor, or change my program?

    When you are ready to declare a major or minor, contact your advisor for next steps. You can also declare through MyCWU. Learn how through the MyCWU Student User Guide. 

    You can also change or drop a program through MyCWU, but we do recommend meeting with an advisor if you are planning to make any significant changes.

    Program Change Guide (pdf)
  • When should I see my advisor?

    It's always a great idea to connect with an academic advisor when you have questions—and even when you don’t. Make it a point to meet with them at least twice every academic year, ensuring you do so at least 2 weeks before your enrollment for the upcoming quarter.

    As you progress into your sophomore year, consider scheduling a meeting with an advisor to create a graduation plan, if you haven't already done so. Aim to have this meeting no later than the first quarter of your Junior year. This way, you can stay on track and make the most of your time in college.

  • When do I register as an incoming student?

    Keep a close eye on your CWU email for advising communications. If you have previously earned college credit, make sure to have updated official transcripts or test scores sent to CWU Admissions.

  • I need more help, who do I contact?

    Contact our advisors!

    Douglas Jensen
    Academic Advisor CEPS Advising and Teacher Academies

    Pressley Rankin
    ITAM Advisor
    (619) 572-0487

    Angela Murray-Walker
    Computer Science Advisor
    (509) 963-3808

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